Preliminary Education Specialist Authorization: Mild to Moderate Support Needs Teaching Credential with Internship option (California)
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The preliminary Education Specialist Credential Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) program is aligned with the new Education Specialist Authorizations and Standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Approved in 2022. The program allows candidates to obtain a Preliminary Education Specialist Mild to Moderate Support Needs: (MMSN) Credential with Intern Option (CA). The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach and impact the lives of students who have mild to moderate learning support needs. This program explores the range of educational learning problems and applies the latest teaching strategies to enhance the performance of students, no matter their abilities. The program focusses on practical field-based experience that helps candidates understand and critically evaluate educational practices and provides strategies that can be immediately applied in teaching practices.
The preliminary credential Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) program is designed for courses to be taken in sequential order and provides candidates with the opportunity to gain professional understanding, integrate research-based teaching practices with appropriate assessment of student work, meet the needs of diverse learners, and learn and apply the principles of specially designed instruction in the 21st century classroom and global learning community.
Please Note: Students need to satisfy/pass the Basic Skills Requirements (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirements (e.g., CSET) early into their program (prior to Credential Area Methods coursework) to avoid interruptions to the program progress and/or financial aid arrangements.
For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education information section of the catalog.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge/skills to engage and support all mild/moderate support needs students in learning.
- Integrate knowledge/skills to create and maintain effective environments for learning for students with mild/moderate support needs.
- Synthesize and apply knowledge of how to organize subject matter for learning̶̶ of students with mild/moderate support needs.
- Integrate knowledge needed for planning instruction and designing learning experiences for Students with mild/moderate support needs.
- Integrate knowledge /skills to administer and analyze formal and informal assessments to determine eligibility, inform instruction, and identify research-based interventions for all learners with mild/moderate support needs.
- Integrate the knowledge to meet legal, ethical, and professional obligations to advocate for all leaners with mild/moderate support needs.
- Reflect critically on the application of professional beliefs and teaching/learning principles necessary to work collaboratively with all stakeholders including families, other professionals, and community members serving students with mild/moderate support needs.
- Critique current research in special education theory and practices within inclusive and culturally responsive frameworks.
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